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State your stage name and profession for the record.
DJ Neil Armstrong, professional old guy at the club.
How long have you been DJing? Do you remember your first DJ gig?
DJing now since 1995, so 21 years. 1st gig, real gig… I guess opening up for the X-Men, for Fat Beats release party of Rob Swift’s video maybe? I can barely remember the gig I did last week so… yeah my memory is crap.
What’s your favorite DJ era in NYC and why?
Oh for sure, early 90’s to late 2000’s. Golden Era of Hip-Hop. We used to do shows with Company Flow and The Arsonists and there were girls there and people used to just get down and have a good time. No holding up the wall, the b-boys hung out with us, the skaters hung out with us. I have a video of one of our early performances, we’re just doing turntablist/battle routines. Harold Hunter was there chilling…it was really like that in new York, all the cool kids of the era just colliding and having a good time.
You’re on stage in front of all your heroes and you gotta rock a 5 minute all vinyl set to prove your worthiness. What records do you choose?
5th Platoon is undoubtedly an institution. Talk about the history and influence y’all have had and what it means to be a part of such an important crew in NYC DJ history.
Appreciate the kind words. I guess if you were to stretch out the timeline of that great era of turntablism, our crew was the “middle child” of the greats . When you mention battle crews, 9 times out of 10 a knowledgeable older school DJ would say, X-Men, ISP, and The Beat Junkies. If you ask a later DJ, they probably would mention the Scratch Perverts, the Crash Dummies, The Allies…
Well, right smack dab in the middle of everything was my crew the 5th Platoon. We had to battle EVERYONE. I battled personally every single one of the X-Men. In competition we had to battle the Beat Junkies, we battled Shortkut, Vinroc had to beat members of the Scratch Perverts….we had to battle Craze, and I.Emerg who came late. Had to battle Vajra (Chris Karns), and DJ Shiftee and DJ Enferno and all the new school cats.
Our crew as a collective did a lot of damage in the battle scene. I.Emerg was the last US champ to win back to back DMC world titles for the US. Vinroc won the ITF back to back. On top of that we had one of the premier female battle DJs of the time DJ Kuttin Kandi on our squad, raising the bar for what females could do in a male dominated art form.
But still, in the whole scheme of things, we were the “middle children” of the era, the Scotty Pippen to Jordan, the Klay Thompson to Steph Curry. At our height we were fighting the X-Men, members of ISP and the Beat Junkies as the established crews… and on the other side we had A-Trak and Craze and the Crash Dummies/Allies to coming up behind us.
On top of that we came up in the era before videos and social media, so a lot of what we did is just lost in history.
As the turntablism scene has changed dramatically from its heyday, I don’t really know what our real status is in that world anymore. I like to believe that somehow the new kids still know what we did as a collective and I’m sure some folks out there do.
I personally will always really love that point in my life as a turntablist DJ, but like everything, that was just a “stepping stone” , a chapter in my life that set me up for the next part of the story…
Favorite pizza joint?
hmmm… right now maybe maybe Di Fara in Midwood, Brooklyn .
Lebron or Carmelo?
hmmm… I guess I gotta say Carmelo cause i’m a Knicks fan.
What’s one of your favorite places to go unplug and unwind in the world?
My crib in Jersey City, or with my wife out in Tokyo.
What’s a current favorite album you’re listening to now that you think you’ll still be listening to 10 years from now?
Whole album? hmmm….. thats a tough one, cause I rarely listen to whole albums. Possibly Kendrick M.A.A.D. City? Don’t know if you would consider that current at this point though.
Drop some shout outs and where folks can find you on social media.
Shouts to all the folks who have ever listened to one of my mixes, all the folks who have hired me to DJ for them, and all the people who came out to party with me.
It’s that time of year again — grab your tickets now for COB Pt.2 this upcoming Thanksgiving weekend. Gonna be another classic from the Pirate DJs and so much more!